Unites States nuclear power plants & emergency planning zones

Unites States nuclear power plants & emergency planning zones

Given the coverage around the tragic incident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the awesome people at seismologik.com asked if I could make a map locating the nuclear power plants in the US. Thinking this was a great idea, I set out to make the map below. Here it is. Enjoy. Don’t forget nuclear energy is usually relatively safe. The radiuses below represent the areas in case of a radiological incident. The emergency planning zones (EPZ) represent the radius of impact from a possible radiological incident. While there have been studies around the issue of health risks for populations living near nuclear power plants, this map does not try to represent those. Possibly later I will add that as a layer once I have done more research on the topic. If anyone has done that research I would be happy to utilize that information.

Sources:

10-mile and 50-mile emergency planning zones: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/emerg-preparedness/faq.html#11

Sorry, I lost the exact page where I collected the population data:http://www.census.gov/

Plum and ingestion exposure pathways:http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/departments/emermgt/07WGGlossary.pdf

List and locations of nuclear reactors: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/list-power-reactor-units.html

Jef McClimans  |  thebizjam.com  |  @thebizjam

 

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